Robert Milton Lange
Lindon Utah - Robert Milton Lange, 69, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 6, 2019, at home during the Sunset surrounded by those he loved. He was preceded in death by his father Emroy Fredrick Lange and is survived by his mother Mildred Virginia Davis Lange. He married Debra Maw August 13, 1975. Together they raised 8 wonderful children. Amy (Alex) Lamborn, Price Utah; Holly (Jamie) King, Riverton Utah; Andrew (Janna Cox) Lange, Heber City, Utah; Emily (Pete) Julander, Clinton Utah; Daniel (Kathryn Haddock) Lange, Nephi Utah; Sarah (Pedro) Granja, Orem Utah; Nathan (Hailee McCauley) Lange, West Haven Utah; Hannah (Cameron Willis), Millcreek Utah.
Robert chose to make a donation to benefit CurePSP in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic. A Sharing of His Life will be held from 11:30-1:00 in lieu of the viewing time. The Memorial Service will follow at 1:30 in the chapel at 150 N 200 W, Heber City Utah 84032
Rob was born in Provo, Utah at Utah Valley Hospital. His parents, Fred and Millie Lange, moved back to Glendale, California when he was about a year and a half old. Fred was attending Glendale College on a football scholarship. Rob's family stayed in the Glendale area for the next 18 years. Rob went to La Crescenta Elementary from kindergarten through 4th grade, then Lincoln Elementary for 5th grade, and Lowell Elementary for 6th grade. He was the student body president and the president of the service club at Clark Junior High School. He attended Crescenta Valley High School followed by Glendale College. The year he spent at Glendale college was the only year of school that he was less than an exceptional student. He spent the majority of the year skiing and eating bologna sandwiches. He later attended BYU and graduated with his MBA. Rob was passionate about learning and teaching. He spent a lot of his time helping and teaching others. This continued throughout his life.
Rob loved sports; he played a lot of baseball and football. He was fortunate to have a Dad who also loved sports and coached many of his teams. One of his favorite baseball stories was when he hit a double and was so excited he decided to steal 3rd base. His dad, Fred, was at 3rd base telling him to stay put, but he tried to steal anyway. He was easily thrown out because he wasn't blessed with speed. As soon as Rob stood up, Fred was furious and yelled, "Who do you think you are? Maury Wills?" (Maury Wills played for the Dodgers and was famous for stealing bases.) Another favorite baseball story he liked to share was when he and his dad would get tickets for Dodgers doubleheaders on Sundays. They would attend their priesthood meetings in the morning and then watch the first game, followed by breakfast at IHOP. They would go to the second game after breakfast and attend Sacrament meeting on their way home. Fred was a new convert but as his understanding and testimony of the sabbath grew, so did his commitment and they attended games on other days.
Rob had a great group of friends growing up. He stayed close to them his entire life. In fact, they flew in from all over the country when they found out he was sick. Friends and family were very important to him. He made friends wherever he went because of his unique ability to make people feel comfortable in any situation. One of the ways he did this was by sharing his life with them through his story-telling. Another way he did this was by selflessly serving everyone around him.
Rob spent years serving in different capacities for his church. He was a missionary, an Elders Quorum president, a bishop, a High Councilman for many years, and was involved in Scouting for 35 years. Rob served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Brazil from 1969-1971. He loved telling stories from his time as a missionary. A favorite story he told was that he woke up one morning on his mission and decided that he was going to baptize his future daughter's future mother-in-law; which he did.
Rob married Debra Maw on August 13, 1975. They had 8 children. Amy, Holly, Andy, Emily, Danny, Sarah, Nathan, and Hannah. Debby and his kids were his pride and joy. He would spend hours telling people stories about them. He was a devoted husband and father who would drop anything to help his family. He spent countless hours helping with homework and various projects. He made it to almost every sporting event, play, musical, recital, and anything else that was important to Debby and his kids.
Rob loved the outdoors. He was an avid bird hunter and fisherman. He loved hiking and photography. He was a perfectionist. He was very passionate and would become an expert at all of the things he loved and enjoyed doing. He loved his yard and his garden and both were always immaculate. He was an amazing artist from an early age. Many of his paintings, pastels, and drawings hang in the homes of his family and friends. He loved woodworking and was always building something to give to someone as a gift.
The morning after Rob passed, his son Nathan was going through some of his Dad's personal items and came across a piece of paper that was folded up in his wallet. It was titled "Personal Mission". It reads:
My life will be an expression of integrity and love through selfless service. I will work to maintain my capacity to serve.
I will serve according to the following priority:
My extended family
My friends, neighbors, ward members (church responsibilities)
My company and clients
My community: helpless, homeless, hungry
I will maintain my capacity to serve by:
Continual learning and constant improvement
Sensible maintenance of physical health (diet, exercise, rest, etc.)
Spiritual and emotional regeneration (recreation, meditation, prayer, scripture study, social pursuits, etc.)
Walking beyond the edge of the light
Having daily experiences with selfless service
Seeking to understand the nature of Christ and the energizing power of selflessness
Rob was a giant of a man, both in stature and spirit. He rarely missed an opportunity to help someone in need. His example of service was infectious. Rob's life will always be a testimony to others of his faith in Christ. His legacy of love and service will live on in the lives and hearts of all who knew him. We love you Rob, and we will miss your big smile.